Everything you’ve always wanted to ask about Maker and damn-fine canned wine.
Maker is premium canned wine from independent winemakers. We source award-winning wines from the best small producers in California. Each can of wine highlights the story of the small producer who made it, and represents a different maker and region that we love.
We prioritize wine producers from diverse backgrounds that use organic and sustainable farming practices. Our wines are fermented to dry, with zero grams of sugar, and minimal sulfur additions. The wine is not “changed” or “dumbed down” for the can — it is the same award-winning wine you can find in bottles at the makers’ wineries.
At Maker we believe that every wine has a story. In addition to having a high bar for quality, we want to elevate underrepresented voices in the wine industry and highlight unique stories and backgrounds. Our winemakers believe in minimal intervention winemaking, and we prioritize wine producers that use organic and sustainable farming practices. Some of the wineries we’ve collaborated with include Sutro Wine Co., Bodkin Wines, Handley Cellars, Smith Devereux Wines, and Revolution Wines.
Quality: Our wines are vintage (year), varietal (grape type), and often vineyard specific. Wines that represent a time and place that the winemaker is proud to put their name on, not white-labeled bulk juice hidden by a fancy label.
Values: Our winemakers believe in sustainable farming practices and low intervention winemaking. Our wines are dry, with zero grams of sugar and minimal sulfur additions.
Diversity: We partner with diverse, small-batch makers to elevate their underrepresented voices and premium wines.
Little known fact — nearly all dry wines from reputable small producers have little-to-no residual sugar and correspondingly few carbs.
During the winemaking process, the natural sugars in grapes are converted to alcohol. Wines that allow all of the sugars to be completely fermented are known as “dry”.
While mass-produced wines from your grocery store can be secretly loaded with sugars to increase a wine’s “likability”, small-production, low intervention winemakers don’t add sugar or additives to their wine. Don’t be fooled by companies claiming to have invented “clean” wine - they are just re-branding dry wine (likely with worse quality juice).
All of our wines come from different award-winning, small producers in CA and have <0.5 grams of sugar and few carbs (<5 carbs/can for whites, <8 carbs/can for reds). So drink the good stuff.
When our team gets excited by a wine and the Maker behind it we put the wine samples through two panels — a Can Club customer panel made up of regular wine drinkers like us, and our industry panel, made of wine experts with palates that we trust. We want to find wines that our Can Clubbers will love, and wines that critics, Somms, and wine buyers know are up to snuff. Want to join one of our tasting panels? Join the Can Club.
Quality, quality, quality. We’ll say it, most canned wine is ...not good. We have the highest rated canned wine on the market today, with 8 canned wines that have scored 90+ points and counting. The bottle equivalent price of these wines is $20-$50 per bottle, from award-winning small producers that love their craft.
Also, cans are deceptively large! Each 250 ml can is ⅓ of a bottle (almost two full glasses of premium wine).
So while you may feel sticker shock seeing a $10 can of Pinot Noir, a $30 bottle of single-vineyard, Anderson Valley Pinot would probably feel like a great deal. And $10 for two glasses of premium Pinot in a restaurant would be an absolute steal. Because canning is cheaper than bottling and we ship direct-to-consumer without middle-men, we can price our wines at or below the price you’d find these wines in bottles.
We work with a mobile canning line to can the wine directly from the winemaker’s tank at the winery. The Maker team works the line shoulder-to-shoulder with our winemaker partners to produce each and every can before it’s moved to our wine warehouse.
We work closely with the winemaker and our graphic designer to create a design that reflects their story. For example, the Chenin Blanc features the Sacramento city skyline, because winemaker Colleen Clothier is a Sacramento-native leading winemaking at urban winery Rev Wines.
Maker is run by local ladies that live in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco. We’re not Somms or industry folks, we’re regular wine drinkers that wanted to make great wine from small producers accessible to everyone. Check out our story.
We’ve got handy-dandy digital tech sheets with all the nerdy details and links to the profiles of our Makers. Feel free to text us with any questions as well at 650-750-8989 (your texts go right to the founders).
The Can Club
The Can Club is the best way to experience Maker. We offer a rotating selection of small batch wines, and you can customize your box with the wines we have available. You’ll receive 12 or 24 cans quarterly, along with invites to “Meet the Maker” events, the best prices on wines, and access to our Can Club exclusive wines like our premium reds.
Text us at 650-750-8989 with “upgrade” and we’ll take care of it for you!
There are no commitments with the Can Club, you can skip a shipment or cancel your membership anytime from your account page.
About the Cans
Each 250 mL can is ⅓ of a bottle of a wine, which is equivalent to 1.7 glasses of wine (or what we like to call a “nice little Saturday”). It’s the perfect amount of wine to open solo for a little self-care or to share with a special someone over a nice meal.
No! If you've had a crappy can, chances are it was the quality of the wine, not the can itself, that left a bad taste in your mouth.
Modern wine cans don’t transmit an aluminum taste, and have a protective coating or liner. Several blind tastings have been done comparing the same wine from bottles and cans (including our own study), and test groups have not been able to detect a reliable difference between the two formats.
You betcha. The cans, labels, and even the boxes we send them to you in are 100% recyclable. Cans also have a smaller carbon footprint than glass bottles. Why? Aluminum cans are one of the most recycled materials on the planet. In 2011, a wine industry report revealed that 70% of wine bottles ended up in landfills. Drink canned wine, save the world.
You might be surprised to learn that cans are actually better for most wines than glass bottles. There’s no possibility of the wine being “corked,” which spoils 2-3 % of all wines. There’s also no risk of oxidation or light penetration, which can lead to that heartbreaking musty, cardboard taste.
Storing and Serving Maker
Canned wine (and bottled wine for that matter) is at it’s best when poured into a glass and served. Just like with craft beer, whisky, or any other craft beverage, pouring into a glass allows you to fully experience the aroma, which enhances the flavor and your sensory experience of the beverage.
If you’re at home, pour it in a glass. But if you’re outside or on-the-go, drinking out of the can is just fine too, we’re not snobs about it.
For storing and serving, treat canned wine as you would any other premium wine. Store it in a cool and dry place and serve at the appropriate temperature. A good general guideline is “chilled” (~55 degrees) for whites and rosé and closer to room temp (~65 degrees) for reds.
If you want to throw them in a cooler at a picnic and they are a little cooler than the “rulebook” temp, that’s ok too. You do you.
We can our wines at the time they are meant to be consumed, which may be right after production for a rose or after years of barrel-aging for a cab. While the can will remain drinkable for much longer, we think flavors and aromatics of the wines are best within 18 months of the canning date, which is stamped right on the bottom of the can. As our partner winemaker Chris says, “This is wine meant for the here and now. Not wine to be hoarded in someone’s basement.” We can small lots from a rotating selection of small producers, so you're always able to try something fresh off the canning line.
Shipping and Delivery
We are a new biz that can currently ship to CA, D.C., FL, IA, MN, MT, NV, and WY. We’ll be expanding to new states soon, like VERY soon. Join our waitlist or follow us on IG @makerwine to be the first to know when we open new states.
Our priority is getting cans in your hands as quickly as possible. We ship M-F with 1-2 day delivery in California and 4 day delivery in all other states. We charge a $7.99 fee for shipping 6 cans and shipping is free with the purchase of 12 or more cans. And hey, since you're here, you can use code "firstorder" for free shipping on your first order!
If you'd like to change your address or contact the carrier, call UPS at 800-742-5877 (Ext. 1) and reference your tracking number. You can also sign up for UPS MyChoice for free delivery alerts and the ability to redirect your wine shipments to a UPS access point to receive your wine.
Reach out to us at email@example.com or text us at 650-750-8989 with any questions about your shipment.
We want you to be 100% pumped with your purchase. If your cans are damaged in transit or you aren’t satisfied for any reason, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 650-750-8989 and we will make it right.
If you’re not completely over-the-moon, where-were-these-wines-all-my-life excited about your first experience with Maker, we will refund you in full. That’s how confident we are that you will love these wines!